What are the arguments for and against a Bill of Rights here in Australia?
Types of rights.
Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)
This graphic explains the different types of rights:
- Human rights – the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They can never be taken away.
- Social and economic rights – rights we need in order to live with dignity.
- Civil and political rights – rights we need to be able to participate in society as free and active citizens.
- freedom of movement and assembly
- freedom of speech
- right to protest
- freedom of religion
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A Bill of Rights is a list of the most important rights belonging to a country’s citizens. It is usually passed as a law through parliament and belongs to the domestic law of the country. Australia does not have a Bill of Rights.
There are many arguments for and against a Bill of Rights in Australia. The main organisation the deals with human rights in Australia is the Australian Human Rights Commission. They might be a good place to start your research.
If a Bill of Rights were to be introduced in Australia, it may involve changes to the Australian Constitution.